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  •  I'd like to know why Secret Service (19+ / 0-)

    took over the investigation.

    According to the Secret Service website, they get involved in computer crime investigations in limited situations, and downloading academic papers from JSTOR fits none of the criteria.

    But if you go and look at the testimony of the Secret Service before Congress, you might find the answer there. In April 2011, Special Agent Pablo Martinez testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. The purpose of his testimony was to inform the subcommittee about measures to coordinate and investigate computer crimes which could result in economic loss. Buried in that testimony, there is this:

        The Secret Service developed a multifaceted approach to combating cyber crime by: expanding our Electronic Crimes Special Agent Program; expanding our network of Electronic Crimes Task Forces; creating a Cyber Intelligence Section; expanding our presence overseas; forming partnerships with academic institutions focusing on cybersecurity; and working with DHS to establish the National Computer Forensic Institute to train our state and local law enforcement partners in the area of cyber crime. These initiatives led to the opening of 957 criminal cases and the arrest of 1,217 suspects in fiscal year 2010 for cyber crime related violations with a fraud loss of $507.7 million. The arrest of these individuals prevented an additional loss estimated at $7 billion dollars and involved the examination of 867 terabytes of data, which is roughly the equivalent of 867,000 copies of the Encyclopedia Britannica. As a result of these efforts, the Secret Service is recognized worldwide for our investigative and innovative approaches to detecting, investigating and preventing cyber crimes.

    Yeah, I bet it is. And so far, two suicides to notch on their bedposts.

    Question: Is the Secret Service flexing it's muscles, exercising it's new found power " forming partnerships with academic institutions focusing on cybersecurity; " etc etc.?? What was their role in the extremely aggressive prosecution of Aaron's case? Did they push the investigation, and did they play a role in how far the prosecuting attorney was willing to go to make an example of Aaron?
    Anyone? Bueller....?
    (emphasis mine)


    "When the powerless are shut out of the media, we will make the media irrelevant" ~♥~ Anonymous ~♥~

    by Lisa Lockwood on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 01:29:09 PM PST

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    •  If Secret Service was behind this, were they (3+ / 0-)
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      pushed into it by the Obama White House?  We know how furious Obama gets about hackers and leakers.

      The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

      by lysias on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 02:22:36 PM PST

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